The imagined testimony of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), composer and murderer.
A concert drama for musicians and actors.
The Marian Consort
Katie Trethewey, Rachel Ambrose Evans Soprano
Rory McCleery Countertenor & Musical Director
Ashley Turnell, Thomas Kelly Tenor
Edmund Saddington Bass
Wezi Elliott – lute
Gerald Kyd Gesualdo
James Akers – Theorbo
Clare Norburn – Writer & Producer
Nicholas Renton – Director
Lighting Design by Natalie Rowland and Pitch Black Lighting.
Breaking the Rules is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, best known today for his intensely sensual, idiosyncratic, even extreme, musical style. His reputation rests equally on his gruesome murder of his first wife and her lover in flagrante. Breaking the Rules explores Gesualdo’s strange world and his astounding music.
‘The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped.’ GUARDIAN